“If you can’t see it from across the street, don’t bother wearing it.”
This vintage Alberto Contreras belt buckle certainly is eye-catching with its massive turquoise stone. Set in a handmade, scalloped bezel, the spectacular stone is surrounded by sterling silver nuggets and a hand-stamped frame.
We’ve added a wide, vintage tooled-leather belt that says,“I’ve had this ‘ol thing forever!”
Alberto Contreras (Shop). Jewelry, hollowware. Nugget work. Former silversmith at Frank Patania’s Thunderbird Shop in Tucson, AZ. In 1949 Contreras (Mexican-American) opened his own shop in Tucson, Alberto Contreras & Sons, at 146 W. Drachman. Between 1960- 968 the shop was Alberto Contreras and Sons, Silversmiths. Since 2008 it is known as Contreras Gallery and Jewelry. His sons Michael and Richard Contreras work at the shop. Some pieces may be co-stamped with AC and EM (1968-1974); AC with M, inside a large C (1974-1994); EMC (stacked; 2000-2009); Contreras and EMC (backward E; 2009 - present); EMC, with a bird (2209-present); MC (conjoined; Marc Contreras)
- artist: Alberto Contreras
- markings: AC, Sterling
- materials: sterling silver, turquoise, tooled leather strap
- measurements: 32” tip to tip
- strap: 2” wide
- buckle: 3.5" x 2.5"
- weight: 296 grams
- condition: very nice vintage condition with light oxidation and wear to buckle/ leather strap is supple and worn to a nice patina
- style number: FA655